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Homeowners Guide to Swimming Pool Refurbishing
The ocean, lakes and pools can provide
fun and relief from the summer heat.
But there are risks around bodies of
water – especially for children.
Drowning is one of the leading causes of
death for children under 5 years old.
And for every drowning fatality, it is
estimated that 4 to 10 children suffer a
near drowning incident that may result
in severe brain damage.
The Los Angeles County Department of
Health Services/Public Health recommends
these water safety guidelines to help
keep you and your family safe:
Always maintain constant adult
supervision when children are around
water – even a child’s wading pool,
bathtub or a 5-gallon bucket of water.
This means never taking your eyes off a
child in or near water. Do not leave to
answer the phone, get a towel, or even
look down at a magazine for a moment.
Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation
(CPR). You can take a CPR course
through American Medical Response, or
contact a community college, hospital,
YMCA or local Red Cross chapter.
Always empty a children’s wading/blow-up
pool immediately after each use.
Never let anyone swim alone.
Make sure gates and doors leading to
pool and spa are self-closing and
Always keep a telephone inside the pool
Obey “no diving” signs. If you do not
know the depth of the water, enter feet
Keep basic life-saving equipment (pole,
rope, lifesaver) in the pool area and
know how to use it.
Never drink alcoholic beverages while
supervising children, swimming or
driving a boat. Alcohol impairs
judgment, balance, and coordination.
Remember: swimming lessons do not make a
child drown-proof. It is estimated that
25% of the children who drown have had
Always wear a properly fitted Coast
Guard-approved life jacket when boating
Reprinted courtesy of County of Los